Yellow Jacket skipper ‘prepared’ for season one duties – Reuters

Enterprise Yellow Jacket baseball has a new skipper at the helm. Austin Hood, a Summit resident, has been chosen to be the baseball team’s head coach according to a school statement. He will coach football linebackers and quarterbacks and teach in addition to his baseball duties.

Enterprise Baseball hinted at the hiring in a posting of their roster, but it wasn’t officially announced until July 1, 2022. Josh Garrett was the former head coach of the Yellow Jackets baseball program.

Hood graduated from Union High School and played baseball at Coahoma Community College. He previously coached at Newton County as an assistant coach for the past four years. Bobby Bass, a former defensive coordinator at Brookhaven High School, and Wyatt Tullos were Cougars coaches who impacted his coaching career, Hood said.

“I learned everything I know under Bobby and Wyatt,” Hood said. “I learned to manage the game, to take care of the pitch. I learned everything from them and it prepared me for here. I learned a lot there in Newton County. It was one of the hardest choices I have ever had to make. Enterprise was a good opportunity. I couldn’t do without it. »

He made his coaching debut after his college baseball career ended. While coaching in Newton County, he completed his online education at Arkansas State University and earned a degree in general studies with a focus on physical education and health.

It was hard going to school at night and working full time, but he was motivated to graduate and he did it. In Newton County, he realized there was a lot more to coach and he stuck with it.

“It never feels like a job,” he said.

Enterprise presented an opportunity to be a head coach and build a winning culture. Hood said he inherited a large group of young talent and support in the community. He will build on this foundation using discipline.

“We have so much more potential here and hopefully we can reach our potential,” Hood said. “It starts with discipline. We are talented but I want these guys to work hard. We want kids to show up on time and do things the right way.

In his spare time, he hunts, fishes, hangs out with his family and watches sports on television if he is not a coach. He and his fiancée Bailey Lott travel when they can. Lott is from North Pike and was one of the reasons Hood moved to southwest Mississippi.

Hood looks forward to spring. He said he wasn’t nervous about his first year as head coach.

“I was motivated from the start. I know the sport pretty well,” Hood said. “I was exposed to certain things as a coach. You never stop learning and I kept learning. There is always something you don’t know. I feel like I’m quite prepared.